Closets & Wood Pro conferences keynote: Transforming ‘awkward spaces’ into luxury closets
closet designed by Laurie Haefele

Laurie Haefele, an award-winning designer of closets and cabinets, will deliver the opening keynote presentation for the 2022 Closets and Wood Pro conferences,

Laurie Haefele Design

SAN DIEGO – Laurie Haefele, the owner of Haefele Design of Santa Monica, Calif., is not one to shy away from a design challenge.

Indeed, the multi-award-winning designer has honed her skills by tackling less than slam-dunk projects. 

Haefele will share some of the closet projects that have most tested her design mettle during her opening keynote presentation at the 2022 Closets and Wood Pro Conferences, April 27 at the San Diego Convention Center: “How to Turn Afterthought Closets into Custom Luxury Wardrobes.” That includes designing closets that were created to hide ducting or have oddball shapes because they were the leftover space when an adjacent room was made larger and more appealing. 

Haefele, who started her professional career as an architect, was recently profiled by Michaelle Bradford, editor of Closets & Storage magazine.

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In addition to closets, Haefele also designs upscale kitchens and baths. She is an associate member AIA, and is also a member of NKBA, ASID, and ICAA. 

Immediately following Haefele's opening remarks, attendees of the Closets and Wood Pro conferences will participate in their respective dedicated tracks. See the full agenda for each program, as well as events scheduled for April 28 and 29 when the Closets Expo and Wood Pro Expo take place. 

About the 2022 Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo California
The Closets Conference & Expo is the annual national event for closet and home storage professionals. It is co-located with Wood Pro Expo California (WPE), a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively, each part of Woodworking Network. The twin-bill event is scheduled for April 27-29, 2022, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

The Closets Expo and WPE each kick off with a separate full-day conference on April 27, followed by the two-day expo, April 28-29, featuring woodworking machinery, supplies, and components. Additional educational programming is offered on both days of the expo. 

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurel Didier, publisher of Closets & Home Storage. For all other inquiries, contact Kim Lebel, show manager. 


View the interactive exhibitor prospectus.

More upcoming Woodworking Network events
Executive Briefing Conference, September 15-17, 2022, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, October 13-14, 2022, Spooky Nook Sports Center, Manheim, Pa.

Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO), October 27-29, 2022, Centrexpo Cogeco, Drummondville, Quebec.


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Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.